The Parable of The Heart

The Parable of The Heart

John 3:30

Matthew 15:1-2

Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.

Jaroslav Pelikan

Matthew 15:3-6

Matthew 15:7-9

Matthew 15:10-11

Matthew 15:12-14

Matthew 15:15-18

Matthew 15:19-20

“The heart of the problem is that the heart is the problem.” Matt Butler

What is the first thing we need in order to be Christians? A new heart. What is the sacrifice God asks us to bring to him? A broken and a contrite heart (Psalm 51:17). What is the true circumcision? The circumcision of the heart (Romans 2:29). What is genuine obedience? To obey from the heart. What is saving faith? To believe with the heart. Where ought Christ to dwell? To dwell in our hearts through faith (Ephesians 3:17).

J. C. Ryle

What is my hypocrisy?

God intends suffering to pry open our hands so we let go of the things of this earth and hold more tightly to Jesus.

Paul david tripp
  • What do you feel you can’t live without? 
  • What has the ability to make or break your day?
  • What has the power to make you very sad? 
  • What can produce almost instant happiness? 
  • The loss of what would leave you a bit depressed?
  • What do you tend to attach your identity to? 
  • What do others have that causes you envy?
  • The absence of what tempts you to question God’s goodness?
  • What does your use of money tell you about what’s important to you? 
  • What fills your fantasies and dreams? 
  • What would the videos of your last six weeks reveal about what has you in its hold? 
  • Is there a place where you’re asking the creation to do what only the Creator can? 

The Christian life is the lifelong practice of attending to the details of congruence – congruence between ends and means, congruence between what we do and the way we do it, congruence between what is written out in Scripture and our living out what is written, congruence between a ship and its prow, congruence between preaching and living, congruence between the sermon and what is lived in both preacher and congregation, the congruence of the Word made flesh in Jesus with what is lived in our flesh.

Eugene Peterson

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